Book title and author: Moments of Joy by Cecelia Frey
What genre is it? Literary Fiction
Quick description: Manfred Weiszl is dying of cancer in Toronto. His last wish is to see his son Rupert who he’s not seen for sixteen years. Manfred’s sister Pauline, the housekeeper Marie (and her boyfriend Steve) and Manfred’s deceased wife Gertrude all play roles in the dramatic story of a family coping with death, marriage breakup, gender identity and living.
Review in The Miramichi Reader: Moments of Joy by Cecelia Frey
Article in Calgary Herald: Calgary author Cecelia Frey tackles death, family strife and the transcendence of joy in new novel by Eric Volmers
From WestWord Magazine: The Life: Cecelia Frey by J.Jill Robinson
Why I recommend this book:
I’ve enjoyed the emotional honesty and artistic integrity of the poetry, short stories and novels of Cecelia Frey for more than 25 years. Her latest work, Moments of Joy, is the culmination of a lifetime of solid writing and hard-won wisdom. This book bravely and wisely, takes on sexuality, aging, death and dying, family and love, with considerable aplomb.
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Guest reviewer’s latest title or project:
My current projects are a new volume of poetry, working title The Recipe for Water, and a sequel to my novel, In the Bear’s House (Oolichan Books, 2009). Bruce Hunter has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations.